Robert Chafe – Artistic Director, Playwright
Robert Chafe has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio, fiction and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage, Under Wraps, Between Breaths, and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (adapted from the novel by Wayne Johnston.) He has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and he won the award for Afterimage in 2010. He has been guest instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. In 2018 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.
Patrick Foran – Producer
Patrick is the Managing Producer for Artistic Fraud. He joined the company in October 2012 to produce Under Wraps and a Canadian tour of Oil and Water. He is a graduate of Geogre Brown Theatre School and Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration.
As as an actor Patrick has performed with theatres in Newfoundland (Stephenville Theatre Festival, New Curtain Theatre, Rising Tide, Spirit of NL) and Ontario (Driftwood Theatre, Theatre PaNik, Nightwood Theatre). He is a founding member of The Citizen Theatre Collective in Toronto and Double Sure Theatre Co-op in St. John's.
Crystal Laffoley - Associate Producer
Crystal Laffoley is a professional Stage Manager, Production Manager, and Arts Administrator originally from New Brunswick. She is a graduate of St. Thomas University (BA, Hons.) and the National Theatre School of Canada (Production Design & Technical Arts), and she regularly returns to NTS as a production coach. Her work has taken her across Eastern Canada, working on stages indoors and out, on touring productions, classical texts, new works, puppet shows, musicals, dance pieces, sketch comedy, contemporary plays, and multimedia projects. Crystal is also a co-founder of Mindless Theatrics, a process/creation-focused theatre company in St. John's, and is a member of the Association of Professional Theatre of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Jillian Keiley – Founding Artistic Director, Director
Jillian was the founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and became the Artistic Director for The National Arts Centre English Theatre in 2012. Her productions at the NAC included Andy Jone's Tartuffe, Oil and Water, Colony of Unrequited Dreams, A Christmas Carol and Twelfth Night. For The Stratford Festival she directed Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It, and Bakkhai. She is a frequent collaborator with Robert Chafe and their production for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, Tempting Providence toured internationally for over a decade. She has directed all but one of Artistic Fraud’s 23 years worth of works. She is the winner of the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and holds two honorary doctorates, from York University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Following this production, Jillian will direct The Neverending Story for The Stratford Festival 2019 season.